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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Ahmed Joda (1930-2021)

Exit of a Patriot 

His appointment as head of the transition group for the inauguration of President Mohammad Bukhara in 2015 reflects his status.  By the age of over eighty, he was known as an experienced public administrator and had won awards in the federal public service.  Remarkably, he landed the job 37 years after retiring from the civil service leadership in 1978. Before Bukhara defeated incumbent President Goodluck in the historic 2015 elections, he failed in Jonathan's three presidential elections in 2003, 2007 and 2011. 

    Ahmed Joda described the work of the President's Transitional Committee under his leadership: 
“We will receive a transfer package from the outgoing government, we will study it, analyze it and tell you what to do.  It is not known to what extent the committee's views affected Bukhara's work during his first term from 2015 to 2019.

   After the start of the Nigerian Civil War in 1967, he passed from the Northern Territory Government to the Federal Civil Service before retiring, he was a leading figure in the Federal Government.  He was on several occasions Permanent Federal Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Information, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Industry, as well as one of the so-called Super-Federal Permanent Secretaries of the military government of Yakub Govin.


  Joda died on August 13 at the age of 91 and was praised for his patriotism and zeal for the public welfare.  It should be noted that former President Olusegun Obasanjo said during the memorial service: “I know that after the first riots, if it weren't for people like Jorda and others, the chief permanent secretary, we would tear Nigeria apart.  Ironically, 51 years after the end of the Civil War, he died in a new separatist malaise.

     His excellent career in public service ensures that he will be employed after his retirement, as chairman and board member of numerous companies, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Pastoral Decision, SCOA, Nigeria, Chagoury Group, Nigeria Flour and Nigeria GNL.  It should be noted that after leaving the civil service, he was appointed to an important position in the important oil and gas and telecommunications sectors of the country.

    As you mature for him, there is always an important role that shows his expertise and value.  He was a member of the 1988 Constitutional Convention and was appointed to the President's Advisory Committee on Poverty Reduction in 1999.

     Prior to her crucial years in the regional and federal civil service, Joda studied and worked at Ibadan Moore Plantation Agricultural College after graduating from Zarya Bareva College in Kaduna State.  He later worked as an agricultural agent at Yola, the current Adamov.  He was born into the Peul family in Yola.

   His energy made him a journalist.  He joined the Nigerian Citizens' Journal, which later became the New Nigerian Newspaper.  "I am reporting lawsuits, police cases, criminal and car accidents and things that have happened in northern Nigeria. I have only been a member of Gaskie Corporation, a Nigerian citizen, for a year," he stated.

     He went to England to do journalism.  "At Pittman College I received theoretical training and practical classes were given at the Daily Express, which allowed me to work in London, Glasgow and Manchester," he said.

     Upon his return to Nigeria, he joined the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation and became editor-in-chief of the Northern Nigeria organization.  He remained there until October 1960, when he joined the Northern Territory Government as Chief of Information and then was Permanent Secretary from 1962 to 1967. It was the beginning of his distinguished career in public administration.

     He received the National Honor of Nigeria, which underscores his exemplary public service and his contribution to the development of the country.  At age 35, he was awarded the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 1965.  also in 1979 he  received the Order of Niger (CON)  and the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) in 2002.

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